Safety First

When it comes to industrial trades, safety should be the number one concern for all employers and employees. Working in plants, on site and with heavy machinery are risky jobs. Often industrial workers come in contact with harsh chemicals, electrical circuits and dangerous tools on a daily basis. Because of the nature of their work relevant safety training is essential to the well-being of your staff and your business.

Proper maintenance and operation of on the job equipment is critical to avoid injuries. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that on average, for every 100 full-time workers, 4.3 non-fatal occupational injuries are reported in the manufacturing industry. In an effort to protect workers from injury and illness in high-hazard workplaces, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued an annual inspection plan under the Site-Specific Targeting 2011 (SST-11) program. The program will inspect non-construction workplaces with more than 20 employees. Establishments are randomly selected from a list of more than 3,700 manufacturing and non-manufacturing facilities. The OSHA will inspect all facets of each establishment’s operations to determine how effective their safety and health efforts are.

The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 has made employers responsible for providing their employees with safe and healthy working conditions. Employers can do so by providing personnel with safeguards and safety devices. They can post warnings and hazards as well as offer education and industrial training programs.

Unfortunately, accidents in the workplace are often unavoidable, especially when workers are dealing with hazardous equipment and materials. However, measures can be taken to help thwart those that are caused by careless mistakes and improper training. ITC learning is dedicated to training industrial employees so they can gain the proper knowledge required to operate equipment safely and correctly. Protect your business and your employees by investing in ITC’s online skills training courseware.

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